Praying for Archbishop Justin Welby

As of today, it is 40 days till Archbishop Justin Welby is enthroned in Canterbury Cathedral.
When he became Bishop of Durham, Justin called his diocese to 50 days of prayer, but we figure it’s not so easy to do that amid the hype of taking up such a vast and prestigious role as Archbishop of Canterbury, so we at Canterbury Boiler Room Prayer Community thought we would get on and do it ourselves.
So we are inviting people to join us on a 40-day prayer journey, from today until 21st March, praying for Archbishop Justin as he prepares for this new season in his life.

We have compiled a prayer diary for the next 40 days (starting today, Sunday), and there are various ways you can access it:
1. Contact me through the Contact Form on this website to request an emailed copy of the diary, along with some background info on the roles and responsibilities of an Archbishop, and some news of the Enthronement.
I must warn you that the 40-day diary is the least aesthetically pleasing thing you will ever have come across It is a very wordy table … but the point of it is that it contains all 40 requests on 1 page, so you can print it out, stick it somewhere you’ll see it, and check out the prayer point for each day with the minimum of hassle.

2. The prayer points will be posted on the Canterbury Boiler Room blog:

3. The requests will be posted daily in our ‘Canterbury Boiler Room Prayer Community’ Facebook group.

4. You can get the daily prayer points on Twitter by following @Pray4ABCJustin

This is a vital season for the Church in our Nation, and Justin needs all the prayer we can muster, so please join in!


‘Neighbours, Transform your Street’, a book I helped to write …

This isn’t exactly new news, but I should really have posted it here 6 months ago.

Last year I was asked to collaborate in the writing of a book to help people get started praying for their local neighbourhood. Most people I know would like to be an influence for good and for transformation in their local area, but have no idea where to start, so we felt there was a gap in the market for something which would give some theory, lots of stories and lots of practical ideas.

The main author of the book is a wonderful woman called Rebekkah Brettle … a woman who lives out this praying for your neighbourhood thing like no-one else I know. It is a passion of hers, and she inspires me, so it was a privilege to be asked to help with some of the more ‘nerdy’ prayer bits. In truth the work is far far more hers than mine, but I was honoured to have been asked to help.

The book was written in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer and Worship at Wembley Stadium on 29th September 2012.

Should you be interested in acquiring the book, here is the Amazon link:

Should you be interested in more resources along this line, do visit the website … this is a project Rebekkah is heavily involved in and has loads more to offer the aspiring neighbourhood-transformer!

Prayer Guide for Olympic and Paralympic Games


We on the More Than Gold Prayer Team have put together a Prayer Guide for individuals, churches, small groups or prayer groups wanting to pray for the Games. It’s a pdf download, so why not grab it now, save it and see what’s useful to you in it.

  • How to build regular prayer for the Games into the life of a church
  • What the Bible says about praying for a major sporting event
  • Extensive topics for prayer with links to websites
  • Creative ways to include prayer in church
  • Planning a Games prayer meeting
  • How to run a Prayer Walk for the Games
  • Prayer resources for children and sports groups
  • Written and responsive prayers for the Games